I had my brief trip to Toronto some time ago, and a smart guy recommended that I should visit Toronto island on the weekend. I now recommend that to you, if you visit Toronto, hop on the ferry and go to the island for a day trip. It is gorgeous.
The Jack Layton Ferry Terminal (the ferry docks) is located between Bay Street and Yonge Street on Queens Quay. The ferries are ongoing, so pretty much just pop to the terminal, buy your ticket there and get on the next ferry. I believe you can buy tickets online and you skip the queue but not that much efficiency gained, so you can as well not bother.
Get on the back side of the ferry en route to the island because the view is amazing, to die for, breath taking. The Toronto skyline just unfolds in front of your eyes and it is a stunner.
The trip takes about 20 minutes or so, and then you can go and explore the island. Go to central island and then you can walk between the other 2 as they are all interconnected. It sounds like a small place but it is not, so you can literally wander for a day.
So, I first visited the swings by the lake. I could fit in them (yesss) and guess where I spent the next 30 minutes? Being away from adult-ing is one of my favourite activities in life. The island has a beautiful garden right through its center, leading on to the pier.
It is such a relaxing place to go to and just walk around and chill. there are remote areas where you can sit in silence, or more crowded main pathways, where you can people watch. Also, don’t be fooled by the initial look of the island – it is much bigger than it looks.
If you wait for sunset, you can watch the Toronto skyline change colour, welcoming the night. Once you are back to mainland, go to one of the sky bars near by the pier, have a cocktail and watch the night skyline of Toronto.